Myself: Scumbag (Minor Books)I didn’t go to the Burgerkill show in KL recently and the only stuffs I listened to Burgerkill are the Breathless compilation (re-released by Anak Liar Records) and also Threeway Split Release featuring Burgerkill, Watch It Fall (France) and Malaysia’s Infireal also by Anak Liar. My favorite song from them is of course ‘Rendah’. This book in Indonesian language is a detailed story about the life of late Ivan Scumbag, the vocalist of the legendary hardcore band from Ujungberung, Bandung, Indonesia. I salute the writer, Kimung for having a very detailed research despite it’s tiring sometime to read everything.
Reading about Ivan and his band meaning you’ll also learn about the history of underground music scene in Indonesia and specifically in Bandung; the first underground fanzine, the first distro, the first hardcore/punk compilation and not to forget the band list that rocked the stages during the mid 90’s there. Even though the band eventually signed to a major label and the guy is a rock star wannabe, I bet he’s not the kinda guy with rock star attitude. This book that I bought at the Alternative Book Fair is a good documentation in writing format of the Indonesian hardcore/punk published in 2007.